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Sappey calls for hair salons and barbershops to be included in Yellow Phase guidelines

(May 29, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, May 29 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced that she signed onto a letter addressed to Gov. Tom Wolf calling on him to add hair salons and barbershops to the list of businesses permitted to reopen during the Yellow Phase. The letter details safety precautions that could easily be taken to ensure the safety of customers, such as operating at 50% capacity. “I’ve been in contact with hair stylists and barbers throughout the district who are ready to get back to work and willing to take the precautions necessary to protect public health” Sappey said. “Allowing restaurants to serve customers outside was a huge victory for small businesses, and I believe we can help other business owners move into the Yellow Phase as well. With industry-specific guidelines in place, we can get so many more Pennsylvanians back to work and our economy back on track safely.” Other legislators who signed onto the letter are: state Reps. Joseph Ciresi, Steve Malagari, Melissa Shusterman, Tina Davis, Dave Delloso, Jennifer O’Mara, Dan Williams, Danilo Burgos, Tim Briggs and Austin Davis. Wolf has announced that all Pennsylvania counties, including Montgomery and Chester counties, will move at least into the Yellow Phase by June 5, with 17 counties moving to the Green Phase on today. For more information, contact Shusterman’s office at (484) 200-8264 or RepSappey@pahouse.net. Read more


Sappey postpones April events

(Mar 23, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, March 23 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced that she will postpone her two April events, a sustainable living forum and a litter cleanup, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sustainable living forum was originally scheduled for April 2 and the litter cleanup for April 18. Sappey said they will be rescheduled for a later date. “Even though I will not be hosting any events and my district office will be closed until further notice, please know that my office staff is still available by phone and email to assist constituents with any of their state-related needs,” Sappey said. “I look forward to connecting with the community again, in person, as soon as possible.” Sappey’s office can be reached by phone at (484) 200-8264 or by email at RepSappey@pahouse.net . Read more


Sappey postpones upcoming events and in-person constituent services amidst COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, March 13 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that, under the advisement of public health officials, she is postponing her upcoming veterans’ luncheon scheduled for March 20, and sustainable living forum scheduled for April 2 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “Two of our neighboring counties, Delaware and Montgomery, have presumptive positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, so it’s important to ensure the health and safety of Chester County residents,” Sappey said. “These events will be rescheduled to a later date.” Additionally, Sappey’s district office will be closed to the public for the time being. The office will remain operational with staff available by phone and email, but no in-person services or appointments are being held until further notice. While there are currently no presumptive positive cases of the virus in Chester County, Sappey said that these are precautionary measures to help keep constituents and staff safe. Sappey added that while her office will temporarily not welcome visitors, she encourages constituents to contact her by phone at 484-200-8264 or email at RepSappey@pahouse.net for assistance with state-related matters. The public can receive current information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus by contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH. Read more


Sappey, Comitta announce $175K workforce development grant

(Mar 05, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, March 5 – State Reps. Christina Sappey and Carolyn Comitta, both D-Chester, today announced that the Chester County Workforce Development Board received a $175,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This grant will go toward funding summer internships in Chester County through the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP). “This funding will provide job seekers with the experience that they need to secure steady, full-time employment to provide for themselves and their families while contributing to our local economy,” Sappey said. “We have unfortunately seen a decline in skilled workers throughout Pennsylvania, so preparing tomorrow’s workforce for the jobs we need most will benefit Chester County residents and Pennsylvanians everywhere.” “Investing in quality workforce training promises Pennsylvania a prosperous future with a strong economy,” Comitta said. “This funding can pave the way for many Pennsylvanians to pursue lifelong careers with livable wages. My thanks to the governor for investing in the people of Chester County and providing in-demand job training to our residents.” The department awarded SLIP funding to 21 Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) that submitted proposals. The program, funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), helps young adults develop workforce preparation Read more


Raiding the race horsing fund bad for Pennsylvania

(Feb 25, 2020)

Last fall in Harrisburg, I participated in a discussion about southeastern regional priorities. Several topics arose, but the issue of debilitating student loan debt came up repeatedly as subtext to the questions of how we grow our economy; how we ensure a trained workforce; and how we encourage young people to stay in Pennsylvania after graduation. Pennsylvania ranks among the top states in student loan debt, with graduates averaging debt of $35K. Carrying that much debt means many graduates are unable to afford to move into adulthood independently. A large number must work several jobs to meet expenses, and more than a few of our graduates will, unfortunately, default on their student loans, leaving them unable to build a sound foundation for the future. In his 2020 state budget, Governor Tom Wolf has proposed student debt forgiveness for our PA state system graduates when they agree to stay in PA for 6 years after graduation. This is a bold initiative and worthy of exploration. The second oldest state in the US needs these skilled, eager young people to stay, work, and make a life in PA. On the surface there is not much to object to; however, the Governor’s proposal would be paid for with $200 million from the PA State Horse Racing Development Fund. This fund was created by Act 71 of 2004 and uses proceeds from slots to support breeding of top-level race horses, to further strengthen our agricultural economy. In this budget scenario, the issue of addressing PA Read more


2020 Winter Newsletter

(Feb 10, 2020)

As I head into my second year serving as your State Representative, I am humbled by the confidence you have placed in me. It is an honor to represent those I have always considered my neighbors and to fight for our many shared priorities in Harrisburg. Read more


Sappey hosting mental health panel discussion next week

(Jan 30, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites residents of the 158 th Legislative District to attend a panel discussion on mental health. The discussion will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at the West Bradford Township building, 1385 Campus Drive in Downingtown. State and county directors, as well as private and nonprofit providers, will cover the importance of removing mental health stigma, what services are available here in Chester County, how to access them and how mental health impacts people at different phases of life, from childhood through senior years. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264. Read more


Sappey hosting REAL ID information session on Feb. 20

(Jan 30, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Christina Sappey will host a REAL ID information session from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the West Goshen Township Building. Sappey, accompanied by PennDOT officials, will review what REAL ID is, answer any questions on applying for a REAL ID and help residents determine if REAL ID is right for them. “By October of this year, a REAL ID could be very useful for some Pennsylvanians, so I encourage residents to learn about it as early as possible before lines at the DMV grow longer as we approach the deadline,” Sappey said. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID, or another federally accepted form of ID, to board a domestic flight and enter federal buildings and military bases. REAL ID applicants will be required to pay a one-time fee and provide documentation such as proof of identity and address. For more information about this event, residents can contact Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264. Read more


Mental Health Panel Discussion

(Jan 28, 2020)

Rep. Sappey is hosting a mental health panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 6. Read more


Comitta, Sappey recognize West Chester University athletes with citations

(Jan 23, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 23 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey presented West Chester University’s women’s field hockey and rugby teams with a citation honoring their national championship titles today. During the title-winning field hockey game, the Golden Rams beat the Saint Anselm College Hawks 2-1 on Nov. 24, 2019. Marre Corver and Katie Thompson scored goals early in the game, and goalkeeper Claire Nielsen made three saves. This victory is the school's seventh national title in school history and third at the Division II level. The rugby game, a 15-14 victory against Brown University, was the Golden Rams’ first time ever winning the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association Tier II National Championship title. While the Golden Rams were down for the first half, Corinne Gallagher scored the team’s first try with assistance from Lauren Madalian. Senior co-captain Haley Spangler then scored the second try followed by Autumn Czaplicki who made the game-winning try. This was Czaplicki’s 13th try of the season, which placed her in the program’s Top 10 history by scoring 25 tries in only two seasons. “We are immensely proud of these extraordinary college athletes and the extreme effort they put forth to win these impressive titles,” Comitta said. “I was honored to present them with official citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. They are so deserving of this special Read more


Sappey announces $50K grant awarded to local sheep farm

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced that a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program has been awarded to True North Farmstead LLC. True North Farmstead is a sheep farm in East Bradford Township consisting of a small flock of East Friesian ewes. The grant will go toward the renovation of the existing barn’s tack room, which includes concrete flooring, drainage, HVAC and electrical and plumbing upgrades. The grant will also help fund the purchase of a complete pasteurization and processing system, including a 15-gallon vat pasteurizer, digital thermometers, chart recorder, sanitation devices, chiller and a packaging system. These facility upgrades and modern equipment will help the farm produce and sell artisan cheeses. “I am so grateful to see these funds awarded to a farm right here in Chester County,” Sappey said. “Supporting local agriculture benefits our local job market, economy and our environment. These funds will help residents shop local, which keeps emissions down and cuts our carbon footprint by eliminating the harmful effects of transporting products.” The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established, with Rep. Sappey’s support, under Act 38 of 2019 for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Read more


Sappey announces grant awarded to Avon Grove School District to enhance STEM education

(Jan 17, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced that Avon Grove School District was awarded a $35,000 PAsmart targeted grant to expand the district’s computer science classes and teacher training. The targeted grants represent one component of the PAsmart initiative , which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers. Avon Grove was one of 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units to receive a grant. The 163 awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students in STEM programs and in rural communities. “Our economy and job market deeply rely on the constantly growing and greatly successful STEM industries,” Sappey said. “It is predicted that within the next decade, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to utilize computers and new technologies, so it’s crucial we prepare and properly educate tomorrow’s workforce to ensure the prosperity of this commonwealth.” For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website . Read more


Comitta, Sappey applaud $150K Business-Education Partnership grant awarded to Chester County Workforce Development Board

(Jan 16, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 16 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey today announced that the Chester County Workforce Development Board has been awarded $150,000 to help businesses and school districts work together to better prepare students for in-demand careers. “I’m thankful that our community’s next generation of workers will have extensive opportunities to learn about the multitude of careers available to them,” Comitta said. “This is a promising investment into the future of our commonwealth, our job market and our students.” “While I believe strongly in learning for learning’s sake, it is important to offer opportunities for children and youth to explore different careers, which in turn better prepare tomorrow’s workforce,” Sappey said. The Department of Labor & Industry awarded $2.4 million for Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 local workforce development boards across the commonwealth. The partnerships will connect schools, employers and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of preparing students for good local jobs. The Business-Education Partnership grants from L&I are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. For more information about pursuing an education and Read more


Newest laws of the decade

(Jan 10, 2020)

More than 100 bills were signed into law last year in Pennsylvania, including legislation of my own. Below you’ll find information on a few of the most impactful new laws for 2020. Questions regarding these or any state law may be directed to my office by calling 484-200-8264. Election Reform: Act 77 of 2019 is the most significant improvement to Pennsylvania’s elections in more than 80 years. The law creates a new option to vote by mail up to 50 days before an election, extends the deadline to register to vote by 15 days and helps pay for safer, more secure voting systems with a paper trail. This legislation takes effect for the April 2020 primary election. “Do Not Call” Law: The strengthened “Do Not Call” law went into effect in December. Under the new law, telephone numbers registered with the state database no longer need to be re-registered every five years. Business telephone numbers also may be added to the “Do Not Call” list. To register your telephone number or to get more information on the new regulation, please visit the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s website. PA GI Bill: This law extends tuition benefits to Pennsylvania National Guard members’ spouses and children. If the servicemember chooses to re-enlist for six years, their family may attend college at no or reduced cost. This program is the first of its kind in the nation. In addition to supporting military family members, Read more


Sappey encourages local farmers to apply for ag grant program

(Jan 09, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Christina Sappey urges local farmers, prospective farmers and those involved in the agriculture industry to apply for a new Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program that will preserve farms. Created by the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which was enacted with Sappey’s support, the program helps recipients create or obtain plans for business and management strategies, transition of ownership and operation, diversification, farm expansion, and maintaining the long-term economic viability of farms. “As our population in Pennsylvania ages, it is important to proactively address succession planning to ensure farms remain farms once their owners retire,” Sappey said. “These grants will help preserve farmlands, promote local agriculture economy and prevent unwanted development.” The deadline to apply is April 3. The application can be found at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx Read more


Sappey to host town hall meeting next week

(Jan 08, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites residents of the 158th Legislative District to attend her town hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Unionville-Chadds Ford School District office, 740 Unionville Road. Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance by contacting Sappey’s district office at 484-200-8264 or email RepSappey@pahouse.net . “We will be discussing the state-related matters that are most important to the community members in attendance,” Sappey said. “I will be able to provide an update on legislation and 2020 legislative priorities.” Readers who are unsure if they live in the 158th Legislative District can check at https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/ . Read more


Save the Date!

(Jan 07, 2020)

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Williams, Sappey announce $14.4K in Ag and Youth grants for Chester County

(Jan 06, 2020)

Grants include $7,500 for the Chester County chapter of the Pennsylvania Future Farmers of America (FFA), and $6,900 for the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Read more


Sappey bestowed Foot Soldier of Justice Award by NAACP for championing trauma-informed education in PA

(Dec 18, 2019)

MEDIA, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, received the prestigious Foot Soldier for Justice Award from the NAACP Media Area Branch on Saturday. Sappey was chosen for her demonstrated commitment to children’s education throughout Pennsylvania. In July, Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation to implement trauma-informed education in schools throughout the commonwealth, largely thanks to a bill authored by Sappey. Sappey introduced H.B. 1415 to train teachers and administrators to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma and how to formulate education-based policies, procedures and practices through trauma-informed approaches. During the budget process in June, Sappey’s bill was incorporated into S.B. 144 , which is now law. “Every child deserves a fair chance to succeed in the classroom,” Sappey said. “The passage of this legislation was certainly a triumph for our education system and all of Pennsylvania’s students coping with Adverse Childhood Experiences. I am so grateful for the positive response this bill has received, and I am honored to accept the Foot Soldier for Justice Award. I am committed to continuing my fight for students across the commonwealth and advocating for children who have experienced trauma. A trauma-informed approach in education now will ultimately give us a healthier adult population in the future.” More information on the award or trauma-informed education can be Read more


Sappey’s donation drive great success, benefits five charities

(Nov 22, 2019)

KENNETT SQUARE, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Christina Sappey held a charitable item donation drive on Saturday, Nov. 16, which received donations from over 100 local residents for the Brandywine SPCA, David’s Drive 831, the Chester County Food Bank, Marines Toys for Tots and Green Drop. “I am continually impressed by the love and generosity of the people in our community,” Sappey said. “These donations will help feed families, provide a child with a toy for the holidays and ensure the health of pets looking for their forever homes. Thank you to those who donated, your kindness will certainly go a long way.” Many attendees provided items to all the organizations on site. David’s Drive 831, a local veteran support organization, collected items for veterans receiving care at the Coatesville, Lebanon, and Southeastern Veterans Centers. "We ended up with a truckload of items that are already helping veterans in need. The generosity of the 158th demonstrates how much we care for veterans. Veterans deserve our support and they feel your kindness,” David Turner, founder and president of David’s Drive 831, said. “Thank you Representative Sappey and staff for giving David's Drive 831 the opportunity to show the veterans in this community that they are not forgotten, thank you!" Photos from the donation drive can be found here. Read more